Richard Andrew/Outasight Appreciation.
7 years ago, I put out my first mixtape. I recorded every song in a basement studio in Bedstuy, Brooklyn making that long drive all the way from Yonkers whenever I had the money. At the time, I was a college dropout delivering food. I wouldn’t take another job or do anything else because I knew I was either going to make it in the music industry, or I wasn’t. I was all in - you have to be.
I would work 12 hours in a row, making 150 bucks on a good day, then get in my Honda and fly right down to the studio and record. I didn’t ever think about record deals and hit singles - I just wanted to come home at night with a song that I actually liked. It took a while, but it started happening, after years of practice and staying at it. Guess it’s the 10 thousand hour theory.
As time went on, progress was made. Record deals were given, record deals were taken. At one point I found myself standing on a stage in front of 25,000 people and looked up and said to myself, “how in the world did I get here” (humblebrag I guess). It was incredible - like hearing your song on your local radio station for the first time. No matter what happens, no one can ever take that away from me - and I appreciate it - but it wasn’t always fun, and it wasn’t always easy.
Years on the road, drinking too much and not caring enough. Some of my songs I didn’t really like, some of my videos I didn’t really care for, but I always hung my hat on the fact that at least I wrote them all. That meant something to me. This is, of course, the music business, and within that you are treated as such. When your song is on the radio, you have way more friends. But as I grew, it became clear that if there was ever gonna be true happiness inside of me - that I would have to go back to making the music I wanted to make. So I cleaned the slate — I wiped my hands of the past and let go of a lot of people and failures that came with it.
I came home. I made a record with my good friend. I called it Chasing A Ghost. Why Chasing A Ghost? Well, that’s for you to interpret. But this record is all me and my thoughts, my words, my songs. It just came down to being happy. If you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life. It’s good to be back to that. And to anyone who is listening….thank you, because without you, none of this is possible.
chasing a ghost link—>http://smarturl.it/Outasight_iTunes